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The Japanese traditionally used natural sharpening stones lubricated with water (using oil on a waterstone reduces its effectiveness.) They have been doing this for many hundreds of years.

Generally speaking the Grit one would use is as follows:

  • Less than 1000 grit is typically used to repair knives with chipped edges.
  • 1000 to 3000 grit are used to sharpen dull knives.
  • 4000 to 8000 grit are finishing stones and are used to refine your knife edge.

Most stores carry a range of Whetstones across the Grit spectrum.

This includes Brands such as Yaxell out of Japan.

Please check with your local store about availability

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